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Wolfe 1 Finding Yourself There is a phase that everyone experiences in life. It’s called adolescence. Adolescence can be one of the most difficult things to go through. It’s a constant war that you fight between yourself trying to find yourself, while still trying to be accepted by your peers. In order to survive in this world, it’s essential to know who you are and what you stand for. In the story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”, the character Connie experiences adolescence and fights a battle of finding self-identity. Battling low self-esteem, no support system, lack of communication, and sexuality, Connie helps us realize that she has no hope of finding herself. Connie is an average teenage girl. Due to the fact that she battles low self-esteem, Connie’s appearance means everything to her. The narrator in “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” states that Connie has a “nervous giggling habit of craning her neck to glance into mirrors or checking other people’s faces to make sure her own was alright” (Carol 1966 p.1). Connie uses other people reactions to her face and a mirror as a confirmation for her beauty. As long as she thinks she’s pretty on the outside then nothing else matters. All along, Connie is really unsure of her looks on the inside. Anyone who knows that they are beautiful would never look to others or a mirror for confirmation. Other people’s opinion wouldn’t matter because they would be sure of themselves. Beauty starts from within, but this is something that Connie does not know. Additionally, Connie has an older sibling named June. June is the complete opposite of her—not caring about what others think of her. When June’s name is “mentioned her mother’s tone was approving, and if Connie’s name was mentioned it was disapproving” (Carol 1966 p.2).
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